A friend organised this accomodation for us, as it was our first time in the snow...and we could not have been happier. The lodge is in North Perisher, about 10min from the main Perisher centre and Front Valley slope by over-snow transport, but is only a short walk from T-bars and chair-lifts (for those able to handle the more experienced runs). There's an area out the back where the kids can play and make snowmen, and even do a short 50-60m tobogan run down to the creek.
The staff generally take a group of skiers/snowboarders into Perisher about 9am and pick you up at 4:30pm. [By day 4 we were stuffed, so we asked if they could drop us in at lunchtime so we could do half a day - which was no problem.]
The rooms are basic, but roomy enough, and the small ensuit bathrooms/toilets have been recently renovated and are of a good standard (the showers are nice and hot!).
The lodge has a good Sauna that we used to sooth our aching muscles most days.
The lodge has a small bar, a big lounge area with a big open fireplace and plenty of comfy couches and a big screen TV. The adjoining dining room is basic, but the food is excellent - probably the best we have had when travelling. Although a set menu it never dissappointed. Kids dine at 6pm and adults at 7pm. Although not ususally my style to dine with total strangers, the communal meals were actually good fun and we met some really nice people.
The best thing about the stay was the service - managers Craig and Sharn were fantastic, as were all of the staff... everyone was very friendly and were super helpful. If we made it back to the snow we'd have no hesitation in booking back in to Barrakee Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barrakee Ski Lodge is located at Nth Perisher, near to the Interceptor Quad Chair and at the base of the Nth Perisher T-bar. Located on snow, guests enjoy the full snow experience, from the moment they arrive by oversnow vehicle. Access to the resort is easy, via nearby lifts or complimentary shuttles. With a squash court for the more energetic, a sauna to ease those aching muscles and a fully licensed bar, Barrakee has after skiing covered too! Barrakee prides itself on offering fantastic hospitality with a welcoming atmosphere for all guests. Sensational meals and an impressive wine cellar will delight you. Guest rooms have been recently refurbished, for your comfort. Barrakee is more than a hotel - it is a home away from home! ... more less